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Are English and Persian Distinct in their Discursive Elements: An Analysis of Applied Linguistics Texts

Gholam Reza Zarei

English Language Center, Isfahan University of Technology,Isfahan, 84156-83111, Iran.

Sara Mansoori

Department of Teaching English, Islamic Najafabad Azad University, Najaf abad, Isfahan, Iran.


The present paper tried to highlight the use of metadiscourse in a discipline (applied linguistics across two languages (Persian and English). The selected corpus was analyzed through the model suggested by Hyland and Tse (2004). The results revealed that while both languages use interactive resources more than interactional ones, they differ in some subsidiary elements. The results also showed that unlike English applied linguistics which is reader responsible, Persian applied linguistics is to a lesser degree so, tending to be writer responsible.  Overall, the analysis demonstrates that applied linguistics representing humanities focuses on the textuality at the expense of reader involvement.

Keywords: Academic text, Metadiscourse, English language, Persian Language, Applied Linguistics

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